Prepare for World Interfaith Harmony Week Feb 1st – 7th by joining the Compassion Games This video has the potential to change your mind, heart and soul forever. Is there something you can do to help change our world – one small act of kindness could become addictive… contagious. Give it a go. The Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest have been played in prisons and high-schools to dramatically change the culture… Disclaimer: The facts of the story are true but the people shown in the video are not the people that participated in the Compassion Games. The prison authorities gave us permission to share this video.
As the Advent candles burn we seek God, not in a long ago stable or ancient manger, but in the people we meet, and in the depths of our hearts. May the blessing of Christmas make us a blessing to others; May the peace of the season pervade all that we do. May we welcome the challenges of discipleship. May we offer ourselves as God’s co-workers. May we journey through our daily lives in HOPE PEACE JOY and LOVE
“We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the Divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself? And what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I also do not give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time. When the Son of God is begotten in us.” Meister Eckhart
EULOGY FOR SISTER HELEN GILROY 6th January 1918 – 7th December 2017 Our Sister Helen Gilroy, whom her family know as Auntie Nell and we often called Gillie, made a frequent song request at community sing-alongs: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” I suspect that she was singing to Jesus, her beloved, but for many other people it was she herself who brought sunshine into the lives of others. As unifying centre of her network of family; as tender infirmarian helping so many RSCJ to die well over the years; as welcomer of the lost and lonely at the Crypt in Wellington; as gifted and well-loved teacher; or homebody
It is with sadness that we are called to celebrate the long and fruitful life of Sr Helen Gilroy, RSCJ who passed away in the early hours of Friday, 7th December. Helen’s requiem will be held in the Sophia Chapel at Baradene, 327 Victoria Ave, Remuera on Monday, 11th December at 10.30am. May Helen rest in the peace of her Lord.
The Eros of the Human Spirit The Writings of Bernard Lonergan, SJ By Elizabeth J. Snedden Sister Elizabeth J Snedden, RSCJ, has twice had the benefit of a Lonergan Fellowship at Boston College. She is originally from Auckland, New Zealand where she currently lectures in spirituality and theology at Good Shepherd College, and The Catholic Institute of Theology of New Zealand. She has taught for many years in Sacred Heart Schools in Australia and New Zealand, and holds a doctorate in Theology from Melbourne University of Divinity in Australia. You are invited to a book launch Saturday, December 9, 2017 3.00 – 4.30 pm by Dr Kathleen
May Mater keep us throughout our busy and overcrowded days in the radiance of the things that are not seen. Marie Therese de Lescure October 20th marks the Feast Day of Mater Admirabilis Many internet sites cover the story of Mater Admirabilis including this charming YouTube clip, which is delightful. Many thanks to the Sacred Heart Grade 11 girls in Halifax who prepared this video for the Feast of Mater Admirabilis October 20, 2014
Plan Ahead: Is there some small response I can make to mark the urgency of this reminder of the poverty that exists in our world? – skip a meal or a tea break; – reverence the food with which I am gifted today – acknowledge and give thanks for the riches with which I am blessed and sometimes take for granted. – write a prayer marking the significance of this day. – visit this website for resources I can use to mark this day – including background; a prayer service; a poverty quizz and more. https://educationforjustice.org/events/international-day-eradication-poverty-1 Another link which offers further in-depth information around this significant event. http://rscj-anz.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/International-Day-for-the-Elimination-of-Poverty.pdf
About World Food Day – from Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. It’s also a day for us
Sister Margaret’s most recent call from the Lord was very sudden – neither she nor her community had anticipated it at this point and it has come as a shock for her loving and dearly loved family. But when I reflected on her life I saw that it did fit a pattern of the Lord’s dealings with his beloved Margaret. He often asked the unexpected, and she was always prompt and generous in her response. Margaret was born on September 10th, 1929, the middle one of three children: Leo and Patrick were her brothers. Her family lived in Island bay, Wellington, just below Erskine College. Neither her tram-worker father, James